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Dallas County Confirms 10th Human Case Of West Nile Virus

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(credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis Dept. of Entomology)

(credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis Dept. of Entomology)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported the 10th human West Nile Virus case in the city the 2013 season. The resident diagnosed with West Nile fever lives in the 75228 zip code. It’s the fourth case confirmed in the City of Dallas.

Health officials won’t release anymore information about his identity for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons.

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are active in Dallas, according to the DCHHS. The city’s mosquito control program is continually evolving to address the threat of the West Nile Virus. The city meets weekly with Dallas County health officials and other municipalities to discuss trapping results, ground spraying applications and best practices.

Public information and outreach has been expanded using television, radio, billboards, social media, phone calls, brochures, and community meetings, according to the city. Health officials urge residents to click on their webpage for more information dedicated to WNV information, including links to videos developed to educate the public on WNV prevention.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions

Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside

Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active

Drain standing water and install or repair window screens.

Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1.

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